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Wednesday, May 25, 1898

Noon. It is impossible to think in this infernal heat. The earth seems to shimmer, and even the skies and the sea are enveloped in a burning mist. We are speechless and motionless. It is siesta time. In this state of lethargy, ideas dance vividly to the foreground.

Perhaps Spanish policy is affected by this blistering, cruel sun which can induce extreme pain and suffering. As this humid heat weakens the will, a perverse desire to dull the spirit pervades, manifesting itself in excessive cruelty, which eventually creates problems. Still, the Spaniards should not have taken advantage of their role as master in these islands to torture the people.